Granville Charles "Chuck" Briant Jr. Obituary

Granville Charles "Chuck" Briant Jr.

May 04, 1956-Sep 07, 2020
Resided in Dallas, Texas
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Granville Charles “Chuck” Briant Jr., was born in Dallas, Texas, to Eleanor and Granville Briant. Chuck passed away on September 7th, 2020, with his daughter, Kimberly, by his side, at the age of 64.

Chuck was raised in Dallas, Texas, alongside his younger brother, Rex Briant. He went to Greenhill School and attended Southern Methodist University, where he started out as a young entrepreneur.  He remained in Dallas, where he raised his family. He had faith and trust in the Lord and shared it by seeking ways to help others.  His business endeavors and adventures afforded him a multitude of opportunities, adventures, and friends, fulfilling his desire to learn and discover, and later, mentor and inspire others. He was known for his leadership, his "achiever" personality and his alacrity for making things fun. In 2010, he became ill, but was then blessed with a return to good health and independence: an opportunity which he gratefully used to live fully,  to try some new business adventures and to teach many of his grandkids a love for food and cooking. In the last decade he made many new friends and connections, and helped many people in need of entrepreneurial guidance, like helping others launch their dream food trucks, chocolate companies, farms and anything else he could help with. He was also gifted with eight grandchildren in the last nine years. He cherished his children and grandchildren more than anything else in life.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Shelley Briant, children, Granville C Briant III and wife Lillian Albritton, Kelley Ellis and husband Brian Ellis, Kimberly Donner and husband Michael Donner, his eight grandchildren, James Briant(9), Eleanor Briant(7), Adelaide Briant(3), Thomas Ellis(7), Charles Ellis(6), Noelle Ellis(2), Hayes Donner(5), Olivia Donner(1), his brother, Rex Briant, and his family in Georgia. Chuck loved spending special time with each grandchild, including time in the kitchen cooking, fun coffee or popsicle dates, cheering for them at soccer and baseball games or just special time with Pawpaw.

In light of wanting to keep everyone safe and well, we will wait until a further date and time to plan a large gathering to remember and celebrate Chuck’s life. As Chuck has been cremated, in lieu of a headstone, we have selected a special tree in honor of him at the Dallas Arboretum. You can visit this special tree, where there will be a name placard soon, near the Women’s Garden. This is where he used to volunteer with his kids. There will also be a “Spring Blooms” flower bed planted in his honor at the Arboretum in Spring 2021.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider donating to the following facilities that Chuck was involved with and held dear:

Opals Farm:

Greenhill School:


"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; continue in my love." -John 15:9          

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Robert Emery Sep 14, 2020
friend/hairdresser/confidant, Dallas Texas
I loved Chuck very much. Over our 20-year friendship, I enjoyed watching him nurture many people's dreams. I feel fortunate to have had a great friend such as Chuck, and I miss him terribly
Hope Smart Sep 14, 2020
Chuck was my friend at Taste Kitchen , Ft worth Texas
Chuck friended me at taste kitchen and always made me feel welcome from day one. He showed me around and helped me with recipes. I always looked forward to him volunteering cause I knew it would be a extra fun day. He will be missed
Ross R Reitzammer Sep 19, 2020
Friend, Fort Worth Texas
I am devastated by his passing! Chuck always made me smile even when smiling was difficult. He will be missed by many. I was a photographer and volunteer at Taste Community Restaurant where I met Chuck. Chuck had me out working at Opal's farm a few times too. He knew how to motivate people to get involved with the community and he was such an inspiration. I have many photos of Chuck and I have a special gift I would like to present to the family. I would appreciate it if someone could send me an email with the families contact information. My condolences to the family.


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